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Prosecution demands 8 years for 2009 rape

St. Maarten – “I did not commit these crimes. I am a victim,” 31-year old Emanuel V. told Judge Mr. Tamara Tijhuis yesterday morning, briefly after prosecutor Mr. Georges van den Eshof demanded 8 years imprisonment against him for repeatedly ra

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St. Maarten will not join Tromp witch hunt

Government awaits outcome of Central Bank supervisory board meeting St. Maarten - The meeting that was scheduled for Saturday between the Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers of Curacao and St. Maarten to discuss the future of the Central Bank of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Draft 2013 budget nears completion – Some ministries are already over budget

St. Maarten - Preparations for the draft  2013 budget are moving ahead but according to Finance Minister Roland Tuitt some ministries in presenting their projected expenditures have already exceeded the limit. In order to meet the September 1 deadli

Opinion - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Opinion: How to drive a stolen car – legally

Here is an interesting decision from the courthouse that escaped our attention when we wrote the story. This is about a man who was sentenced for threatening his former and now again present girlfriend. He was also sentenced for fencing a car. Techni

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Opinion: Stinginess in motion

One of the mysteries of modern life is why people load little trucks like the one depicted here the way they do. The picture was sent to us by someone who is apparently concerned that this way of stacking rebar on a truck could be dangerous. Le

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Opinion: On the absence of evidence

Possessing a firearm seems to be the wet dream of many people on our island. Yet, the offense carries a standard prison term of 12 months. These sentences have been coming down regular as clockwork over the past year and more, and our new resident Ju

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Big cocaine catch

Big cocaine catch

Coast Guard officers have taken control of a Colombian go fast in the waters near Curacao. The drug runners are handcuffed to the boat. When the Coast Guard discovered the vessel and pursued it, the crew threw barrels filled with cocaine overboard. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Cocaine mule sent to prison

St. Maarten – Vickie Nelson wanted the court to believe that he had just happened to run into a man dressed in a red shirt in Orient Bay on the French side on May 31, and that this man just happened to elect him to take 528 grams of cocaine back to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Ombudsman kicks off information sessions

Ombudsman kicks off information sessions

St. Maarten – The first of a series of information sessions by the Ombudsman Bureau attracted around fifty residents from Sucker Garden and Arch Road to the Melford Hazel Sports complex last night. Tomorrow a detailed report about the meeting.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Community service for forging signature

St. Maarten – Forging the signature of the seller on a bill of sale cost 26-year-old Laurent Ulysse a 1-month conditional prison sentence and 60 hours of community service. Judge  Tamara Tijhuis also imposed a 2-year probation period. Ulysse was n

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International operation Maertillo against Colombian drug runners - Dutch navy intercept  two tons of cocaine

International operation Maertillo against Colombian drug runners – Dutch navy intercept two tons of cocaine

Picture of the Colombian drug runners taken from the Coast Guard’s Dash-8 Maritime patrol craft.Curacao- In an ambitious effort led by the Dutch Navy ship HNLMS Tromp, Dutch navy and Coast Guard units prevented drug runners from transporting 2.

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Social pedagogical workers graduate at Great Bay hotel

St. Maarten - Sifma, the training and resource center for early childhood care and education announced the completion of its SPW training, Social Pedagogical Worker levels 2 for people working in daycare centers, after school programs and residential

Editorial - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Editorial: No witch hunt

Quite a cooler for Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. He will not get our government on the bandwagon to join the witch hunt for the cajoles of Central Bank President Dr. Emsley Tromp. The terms of reference the government finally received

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Inmate sets fire to police cell

St. Maarten – On Tuesday evening an inmate started a fire in one of the cells in the Philipsburg police station in protest against his detention there. He was later forcibly removed from his cell and put in isolation at the Pointe Blanche prison.

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Major problems at schools solved, Minister Jacobs says

St. Maarten - All public schools have been re-opened along with all the government subsidized schools. Although there were some minor hiccups as was previously reported, many schools are up and running fully and minor repairs and maintenance will be

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Scooter collides with Jeep, witnesses find firearm

Scooter collides with Jeep, witnesses find firearm

GREAT BAY – On Wednesday morning around 9.30 a.m. a Jeep and a scooter collided at the corner of Back Street and the Tamarinde Steeg. The scooter rider, identified by police as K.L. (23) was complaining of severe pain. He was treated on site by par

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Fourteen appeals for study financing succeed

St. Maarten - The students that left for Curacao and Aruba have all settled and are well on their way in their new academic year. The matters are being finalized for students who have been awarded the study financing for the US and the region and tho

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Cost of living adjustment payments to subsidized schools completed

St. Maarten - Subsidized school boards have received the new salary scales as reported last week, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sport Silveria Jacobs announced yesterday.  “They are still awaiting the calculation from some of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2012

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Reality TV show cancelled; St. Maarten government wants its money back – Head butting Chad Johnson costs St. Maarten $90,000

GREAT BAY- The St. Maarten government confirmed yesterday that it may be going after the approximately $90,000.00 that was paid to reality TV star Evelyn Lozada and her NFL husband Chad Johnson for prime promotion of St.Maarten as the destination of

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Car mechanic angry about sentence for gun possession

St. Maarten – “I am going to appeal this. I am innocent,” an annoyed Daniel Ramirez exclaimed at the end of yesterday session in the Court in First Instance where he had just been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for firearm possession. T

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Angry threats against ex-girlfriend punished with community service

St. Maarten – A domestic dispute, whereby 25-year-old Claudius Creswel Milton threatened the mother of his children and one of her girlfriends, netted the defendant a 4-month conditional prison sentence, 3 years of probation and 120 hours of commun

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St. Maarten Government concerned about Emilio Wilson lien

St. Maarten - “What I would really hate is for that property to be caught up in litigation for years,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Monday as she spoke on the lien that the principals of Rain Forest Adventures St. Maarten (RFA) ha

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Car fence gets community service

St . Maarten – Kenwin Martinez earned himself a 6-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 100 hours of community service for what prosecutor mr. Georges van den Eshof called “a clumsy attempt to cover up a car theft with a

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Half a million in travel expenses in 8 months

St. Maarten / By Torana Granston - Close to half a million guilders is what the government racked up in travel expenses for the first eight months of the year. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt in keeping with his commitment to transparency and accounta

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Historic agreement signed

Historic agreement signed

Representatives of the Indian Merchants Association shake hands with the chairman of Alzheimer’s Disease International to seal a new partnership in raising awareness on dementia.St. Maarten - The signing of what is being called a historic agree